Down a set and 4-1 in the second, there wasn’t much hope for Grigor Dimitrov who was minutes from getting bundled out of Indian Wells by Daniil Medvedev in routine fashion.
But yesterday in their fourth round encounter, Dimitrov solved the Medvedev mystery. Locking up his game and using his variety, Dimitrov came from two breaks down, broke Medvedev to take the second then beat him in the third for a stunning 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win.
“He is such a tough player and competitor,” Dimitrov told the crowd. “Over the past year, I have played him a few times and haven’t been able to find a way. But today, I just felt something at 1-4 and I calmed myself down and started to take better decisions and started to control the pace of the game, which I really believed helped me. In the end it was just very solid and smart play.”
The US Open champion Medvedev couldn’t believe someone could play that well against him.
“I don’t remember myself losing three service games, even four service games ever, I guess, on hard courts. That shows how slow this court is and the conditions, more like clay,” Medvedev said.
“If he plays like this like he did starting from 4-1, he’s going to win the tournament. But let’s see the final result of the tournament.”
After one of his best wins in recent years, Dimitrov will meet Hubert Hurkacz today in the quarterfinals. The Polish star cruised past Aslan Karatsev 6-1, 6-3.
Thursday’s other quarterfinal pits Cameron Norrie against Diego Schwartzman. Norrie edged Tommy Paul 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 while Schwartzman rolled past Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3.
One of the four — Dimitrov, Hurkacz, Norrie, Schwartzman — will be in the Sunday final!
The big guns remain alive on the bottom half. Alexander Zverev hammered Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-3. The German will meet Taylor Fritz who upended Jannik Sinner in straight sets 6-4, 6-3.
“It’s huge for me. It’s big especially to have a good win against a really good player yesterday, then kind of come back and play even better today against another really good player,” the California native Fritz said. “Just play my game, play it well, play confidently, just close it out. It feels great to do it. Also it’s such a special tournament to me, as well.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas had another night adventure in the desert, outlasting Alex De Minaur 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-2.
“I feel like today’s game I was mostly pushing against myself rather than my opponent and it was one of those matches where I really had to get to the limit and show what I’m capable of when I’m in the red zone,” Tsitsipas said to the crowd. “That was incredible the way I just stayed in the match. I had to go through so many difficulties in order to find a solution and I executed towards the end of the match.
Tsitsipas will take on Nikolaz Basilashvili in his Friday quarterfinal.
THURSDAY INDIAN WELLS SCHEDULE
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP –  C. Norrie (GBR) vs  D. Schwartzman (ARG)
ATP –  G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs  H. Hurkacz (POL)
Not Before 3:00 PM
WTA –  A. Kontaveit (EST) vs  O. Jabeur (TUN)
Not Before 6:00 PM
WTA –  P. Badosa (ESP) vs  A. Kerber (GER)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) / L. Sonego (ITA) vs  I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
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